Berwick author signs book deal
A Berwick author has signed a deal with a publisher, which will release two of her YA (young adult) novels in the coming years.
Screenwriter Laura Steven, who went to school at Longridge Towers until she was 18, has been signed up by Egmont Publishing for its Electric Monkey imprint.
The first book, The Exact Opposite of Okay, will be published on March 8 next year, with the follow-up to come in early 2019.
Described as a ‘true zeitgeist book’ by the publishers, The Exact Opposite of Okay follows Izzy O’Neill’s attempt to deal with a national scandal.
The blurb reads: ‘Izzy O’Neill is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life, her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she has...’
In an article on The Bookseller, Egmont’s fiction publishing director, Ali Dougal, said: “The Exact Opposite of Okay is a no-holds-barred, unashamedly feminist firecracker of a novel.
“It’s shockingly funny, it’s timely – and it’s a book that teenagers will want to read. Laura Steven has things to say.”
Laura added: “I’m absolutely delighted to have found such a perfect a home for Izzy O’Neill. Egmont have been a total dream to work with – not only do they love and appreciate the inappropriate humour in The Exact Opposite of Okay, but they also stand wholeheartedly behind the book’s political call to action.”